Sunday, May 29, 2016

Hurdles and Marbles

This was quite a busy week! We had a trip to the local park, a visit with a long, lost friend, a celebration of life (much love to Em and her family), wacky hair day, work-work-work, and Ava's Track & Field day. My snazzy new to-do app is keeping me on track, so I'm even knocking off some projects that have been on my list for a few years. Feels fantastic to be so productive and to be using my time so well!

We've always known that Ava isn't the most athletically inclined...and that's ok! She's incredibly creative and crafty, and she loves to read. If there was a track day for that, she'd win it all!  The second graders had their track day this past Tuesday...the weather was hot and sunny, and the kids were excited! Both Scott and I went, along with Grandma Karen, Grandpa Doug, and Grandpa Whitey.  Ava had quite the little cheering crew.  Actually, the other kids in her group did, too, so we were a mob when we moved between all of the different events.  18 events in 2 hours = sheer exhaustion!

Shoe Kick - on her first try, Ava ended up kicking her shoe backwards!



Long Jump



Stilts - she did WAY better at this than I expected!



Her buddy Mark popped into the picture...


Water Relay





Marble Find - this was Ava's favorite event


Space Ship Relay - all of the kids loved this one!




Aerobic Throw - she has amazing form in this picture (not so much in real life.)  All of the events had parent volunteers staffing them...this poor guy was in a shirt and tie. It was SO hot out there, I can't imagine he was comfortable!


Ice Cream Cone Carry - this event seemed to last FOR-ever




Punting, Kicking - when Ava kept the ball on the ground, she did ok.  When she decided to drop kick it...well, she managed to kick it backwards so it bounced off her head and then went flying.  Amazing...



Daddy's Girl!


Egg Relay - another one that seemed to last forever.  When they had to carry things, the time went very, very slowly...


Potato Sack Relay - love how they are both in the air on this one!



Ava and Mark gave up on jumping and decided to use the sacks as a shelter instead.  They were quite the pair together!


Home Run Trot



Tire Pull Race


Corn Hole Toss


Grandpa Whitey looks great here - Ava was laughing too hard to smile!


She calmed down a bit for a pic with Grandpa Doug and Grandma Karen


Ava and Me!


Shuttle Run - Ava didn't quite follow the directions on this, so the parent volunteer kindly let her go again, and advised that Ava had fumbled, a.k.a. "not listening"!


Throwing Station


Hurdles - she NAILED this one!  She didn't knock anything over and successfully jumped over all of them.  Fantastic job, Ava!



Pooped by the end...


The weather was lovely last Sunday, so I took both kids to the neighborhood park for a bit. And our neighbor reminded me that the pool is open for the summer this weekend - can't wait to check it out!  

Now that Ava has decided she likes her bike, we can't keep up with her.  Poor G had to run after her to get to the park!


Ava never wore bows or headbands as a baby, and that has translated to often just wearing her hair down now...but when Wacky Hair Day came along this week, we decided to give it a whirl!



We all went to Grandma Deb and Grandpa Whitey's house yesterday, and G thought he was pretty cool in sunglasses.


He must get this from me, as I always wear my sunglasses up on my head!



They finally settled down a bit...this was a rare moment when they were both calm and relaxed.


Scott is smoking a HUGE pork shoulder today, and is finishing up some fine details on the deck.  We'll be having Grandma Karen and Grandpa Doug over for the yummy dinner later, and we've entertained the idea of boat shopping this weekend.  Should be a great rest of the weekend and a fantastic Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

You CAN Wash Light-Up Shoes!

We have a puker! Little G apparently wasn't feeling the greatest and decided to spill his guts (literally) all over his crib on Sunday night. Nothing says "motherly love" more than scraping off vomit, with your fingernails, at 3:30a.m.  Thank goodness we have a washing machine...I can't imagine how horrible it would be to have to hand wash items, during times like this. Or, anytime really. Yay for washing machines!

He didn't have a fever, and was in good spirits, so we sent him off to daycare, and all was well.  Until Wednesday when I got a call that he threw up right after breakfast. So, he spent the afternoon with Daddy, and the next morning with me. And he was fine! No more vomit. But, the bigger mystery was...where were his shoes?! When Scott picked him up on Wednesday, he was shoeless, so G was introduced to his new  flip flops (not so sure about them at first, but he likes them now.)  When I dropped him off midday on Thursday, we located his shoes at daycare...spackled with vomit, in a plastic bag...ugh.  I did some research and corresponded with a mom-friend, and we decided it's ok to wash light-up shoes!  These shoes were pretty new and are fabulous at accommodating toddler feet that don't always bend well, so I couldn't just chuck them. So, now they are squeaky clean, and look better than ever!  And G was pretty excited to see them on Friday...he ditched the flip flops pretty quickly in lieu of the Spider-Man shoes!

A busy work week led me into a busy day off on Friday...I'm using a new to-do app, and with that fantastic organizational tool, have managed to make a big dent on my project list at home. Feels so good to be productive! We also hired a company to clean our house, so Tuesday was the deep cleaning day...and they did a fabulous job! So glad we made that decision, and are happy they'll be coming back next month. That decision means that my weekend wasn't focused solely on cleaning...I could work on other things and spend time with the family. Win-win!

I did manage to find the time to enjoy a short break by a lake this week...love the warmth from the sun, and the feeling of calmness from the water!


Ava had a fun week...she went to Dakota City on Friday with her class, and they were so good that they had a special ice cream treat while they were there. Plus she got her new bedding, so we've been discussing paint colors.  AND, she now has her very own desk, thanks to Grandma Karen and Grandpa Doug!  Looking forward to getting all of her art supplies organized.  We also had a fun trip to Michaels yesterday to pick up supplies for her American Girl restaurant...it's so neat to see how creative she can be.

Speaking of creativity, look at her word problem below.  I was thinking it would be something like, "You have 156 cupcakes, you shared 20 with your friends...you now have 136 cupcakes left."  NOPE!  Leave it to my kid to also incorporate a life lesson into it.  Funny!


Ava has the 2nd Grade Track & Field day this week, which should be fun. Plus, she's registered for swimming lessons this summer...so, we're counting down the days until school is out!  (12 school days, if you're interested. LOL)

Last night, we brought the toddler bed into G's room, and he was thrilled.  He kept calling his crib the baby bed, and his new one the big boy bed.  When Ava moved from the crib to the toddler bed, I had no worries about the transition...she listened and stayed put in her room.  I was a bit more concerned with G, as he listens, and then chooses to do his own thing.  But, he stayed in his bed the entire night, and is still snoozing.  He didn't fall out, cry, or anything.  Looks like we really DO have a big boy!

We'll be spending today with family, knocking off some more items on the to-do list (one of my things to do is to create a "honey do" list for Scott...he'll love that, I'm sure!)  AND, it's going to be gorgeous today, so we are hoping to working on the garden, and get some new plants outside.  What a beautiful time of year - feeling very blessed!!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Spider-Man on Wheels

G is following in his big sister's footsteps, and is excited to be on two (plus two tiny) wheels! One of my coworkers mentioned that her son had outgrown his bike, so I commented that if she was looking to get rid of it, I knew a little boy who would love to have it. I bought G a new helmet (no, it's not Spider-Man), and within minutes of being on his new bike last weekend, he fell in love with it. I asked if he was interested in riding his tricycle again and the answer was a big ol' NO!

He thinks he's pretty cool with his Spider-Man shoes and Spider-Man bike!



We had a wonderful brunch out as a family for Mother's Day last weekend, and then we each spent time with our respective moms in the afternoon...it was the perfect way to spend our special day! Plus, I had the chance to check out the final results of my parent's condo remodel...it's lookin' good!

My very special Lego creation from Ava, to celebrate how awesome of a mother I am! ;)


Today, Ava and I are taking the grandmas to the American Girl Bistro at the Mall of America. I'm excited to spend time with our favorite moms, and also eat some good food (yes, it really is good!) Plus, I'm sure we'll need to do some shopping while we're there!

It's been a good and productive week and weekend...looking forward to good things today and in the coming week!